Thursday, June 12, 2014

MEH WTF OMG BBQ!

MEHWTFOMGBBQ!



 We are christening Hackspace Delta 3(the fourth hackerspace location).  Meet up with coders, networkers, hackers and geeks!

Remember back in the day when we used to have awkward barbeques hastily thrown together at the last minute?  Well things have CHANGED!  Now we have awkward barbecues hastily thrown together at the last minute!  Notice the spelling?  It's more appropriate for the locale and setting.

Same insanity.  Same time.  More channels.

Ingredients we have:
  • Burgers (lots)
  • Hot Dogs
  • Buns for both
  • Cheese
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mana/Health potions fitted into pre-boiled antique medicine bottles.  If you're lucky, you'll get some morphine!  Really just Monster energy drink.

People have already volunteered to get:
  • Propane Grill w/Propane
    Soda
  • Chips
  • Mayo
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Tomatoes

We need:
  • Deserts
  • Home-made dishes
  • Paper Cups
  • People
  • Weird things to play with
  • Internet

The address is 30 S. Ewing



Meet at the new place.  The location is extremely tucked away.  You can arrive by turning into the Tower Hill apartment complex.  If there's no parking, try the next parking lot south of there. 

Bring your family, bring your kids(I can't guarantee they'll be entertained), bring your friends, bring your friend's friends.  The yard is not completely fenced in.  We have two slightly damaged staircases.  We don't have insurance for the new place yet.  If your kid gets hurt on the unpadded corners of life, warrior up and accept responsibility.


What: BBQ for nerds
Where: 30 S. Ewing
When:  Saturday, June 14th @3:30PM



Contact saintmeh@gmail.com if you want to bring something or if you have any questions.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wow! We grew AGAIN!

We are now upgrading to a new hackerspace!

31 W. Ewing St.  Suite #200(we have an entire floor!).  2642sqft.  Yes, that's 2600 + 42 square feet.  Isn't that just the meaning of life?

The location is almost three times larger than our current one.  Somehow, it's not on Google Street View :P.  Pictures are better than words:
We have a couple rooms like the one above.  This one will be the A/V room for movies, Dungeons and Dragons, Anime Night, etc.  We'll keep our loud and messy entertainment here.  The other room is an equal size and on the opposite side of the building.  It will be used for computer lab.  It should be quiet and clean.



This is the main lobby.  This is where we will welcome people and socialize. We have 9 rooms.  Each room is the size of our old tiny hackerspace on Helena Ave.  We have our own doors, so we can directly control access.  This will also help with membership dues.  /me cackles.




Bathroom is not ADA compliant... but our wheelchaired member will be fine.




View of the secondary parking lot from the hydroponics corridor.  We like to push the limits of space-age agriculture.




We have seven parking spaces up top.  Three nearest the door will be handicap only.  The yard is ours as well as a two terrace garden(soon to be three terraces).  This yard is where we are going to stage another larger and not-yet-ready-to-publicize project.




When can we move in?  Well... I had some minor negotiations with the lease, but I've finally signed it yesterday.  The land owners are very considerate and they worked with me on each point.  I think we got almost everything we wanted.  I didn't get Air Conditioning in the lease because we were running out of time.  That's a later discussion.  August will get hot for us... but that will be survivable until next year when we re-negotiate.

We will have keys in hand by Tuesday.  We have 2/3rds of our stuff in boxes or bins.  We are almost ready to move!  We just need the key :P.

We have grown from a basement with Christmas lights:

September-ish 2010

To a little room in the back of a computer shop:


To a conference room in a bank:
To our new location described above!



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We Accept Bitcoins!

Are you sick of bankers running your politics?  Make banks obsolete!

We accept your bitcoin for membership!  Don't have any bitcoins?  You can trade a few USD for one.  They've become pretty expensive since their popularity began to soar... but you can buy 1/1000th of one for currently 60 cents!  They'll always be redeemable for membership vouchers at MEH!

Here's what a Bitcoin is:


Here's why bankers don't like it(but can't do anything to stop it):


Make it so.


Friday, November 22, 2013

The LASER Obsession Continues...

"Meh" cut from a vinyl record
Art/photo by beckybutton

We’ve done it before.  We’ve started with less.  And we’re doing it again.  Let’s get a LASER cutter for the hackspace!  We’re going to do this much the same way we raised money for our 3D printer.  This time, we've got the technical skills to save us a lot of money on our end goal.

Instead of raising $1600 dollars for a finished product, we can now simply raise $850 to buy the materials to build a complete CNC LASER cutter. Check it out here.  We will build this with these plans, this stage, the seasoned EE knowledge of Jesse, and a $400 laser.  Both he and I believe the project can be completed under $800.  Our goal is to hit $850 to cover the costs of shipping and maybe some silly extra tools if we need them (like metric Allen wrenches).  Thanks to Jeff at Action TrackChair, We already have $300 and we've JUST started campaigning.

Last time, we raised $650 in the first four months!  We were well on our way to getting our 3D printer when Lulzbot simply gave us one for our efforts and excitement. Here is the results chart we used for the 3D printer.  We hope to have the money to do this by September of next year.  If you think you can pledge the money to make this happen, send a check to 302 N. Last Chance Gulch STE #340  Helena MT 59601.  You can also pledge with Paypal or credit card by going to http://mthackers.com/ and clicking the “Donate” button in the lower right-hand corner of the site.  We have created a separate account for this project.  We will probably have the funds to build this before September.  If we don’t, we’ll refund your money.  We would use Kickstarter for this project… but it goes against their policy and i don’t mind doing the work for the extra 5% fee.  We can do a Kickstarter for creative inventions.

Now we are working to get the funds for a LASER cutter.  Here are some cool things you can make with a LASERcutter:

More importantly: The cost of laser cutting is roughly equal to the cost of the material being cut +15cents an hour of cutting.  The cost of 3D printing is between $8-$15 a pound.

Shout back your support of this project so we can start building a funding ladder to our goal!  How much would you be willing to chip in to see a LASER cutter at MEH?  How interested are you in helping us campaign for funding?  How would you use a LASER cutter?

I’ll send this out to ~700 people towards the end of this month.  If you see typos or would like to reword parts of it, get me the revisions by the 25th.  If you would like to help out by some other means, contact me with your solutions; I will do my best to route you to other passionate minds.  Our hackspace continues to grow in its capacity to help find talent, equipment, and space for you and your projects.  Soon we will have a CNC LASER cutter to further that purpose.


UPDATES SINCE NOV 20th:
I had a hard time finding a laser. This really isn't my area of expertise. I was finding prices between $1000 and $2000. Jesse found some better pricing for the laser: 

China $200 + free shipping
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USA $269 + shipping
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We are over a third of the way already! Action TrackChair has donated $300 to our cause.  They make electric wheelchairs with powerful off-road treads.  I'm sure we will use this device for interesting and useful things.
You can now check out our funding chart at 
This link­




Friday, July 12, 2013

Sugru Night!

Swing on by the hackspace on the 18th of July for some free fun with a new material!  We're located at the north end of the walking mall at 302 N. Last Chance Gulch.  Call 406-992-1599 for entry!



Sugru acts like play dough and then hardens to a soft rubber.  This has thousands of applications.  You can see just a few of these applications here.  We have been graciously extended a sponsorship from Instructables to see this in action.

Instructables has been a superb powerhouse of sponsorship opportunities for top quality hackerspaces in the past.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Check out TinkerCAD and 123D. Get your shape printed for free!

Instructables.com is sponsoring ANOTHER Open House at MEH!  Stop by our open hack night on the 20th of June(this Thursday) at 7PM to make a cool 3D gadget, necklace, earrings, figurine, toy, part, machine, or whatever!  If your creation gets the most votes, MEH will use Shapeways credits to have it Professionally 3D printed on a $30,000 3D printer! We'll get you your physical object within a month of the polls closing!  All entries must be made in one of the two 3D designers:

Tinker CAD

and AutoDesk's  123D  Studio
Stop on by this Thursday(June 20th) at 7PM to explore 3D printing through 123D and TinkerCAD!

We are in the US Bank Building downtown.
302 N. Last Chance Gulch

Suite #340
Helena MT, 59601

The two most popular designs will get professionally printed by Shapeways and then shipped to us!  


Call our office Skype phone at 992-1599 for entry



Friday, May 3, 2013

10 instructables from us equals 1 super tool from them!

Do you want a fricken laser shark? Do you? Well here's your chance!

  • If we post 10 high-quality Instructables we can get a 3D printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Machine, Industrial Sewing Machine, or Electronics Kit for our space.  Projects don’t have to be made as a group. Individual projects can be included towards the sponsorship.
  • As an added incentive to get people to post new Instructables to count towards MEH sponsorship, we will offer 1 free month of membership for EVERY instructable that is accepted towards sponsoring MEH a wild toy. If you have the most instructables accepted, you get to choose the toy!